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Jailed Public Service Officials get bail pending appeal

FILE PHOTO: Pensions scam suspects (L-R) Jimmy Lwamafa, Kiwanuka Kunsa and Christopher Obey

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The Court of Appeal has granted jailed former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service, Jimmy Lwamafa bail, pending determination of his appeal challenging the 7 year jail term he was handed by the Anti-corruption court; for authorising the illegular expenditure of 88bn shs as NSSF to Public Servants welknowing that they do not contribute to the said Fund.

Presiding Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma ordered Lwamafa to deposit 50 million shillings, his passport and his certificate of title for his home at plot 13 Yusuf Lule road Nakasero.

Justice Kavuma also ordered his 3 surities to sign a bond of 40 million shillings, and Lwamafa should report to the registrar of this court beginning July 31, until the disposal of his appeal.

As for the former Principal Accountant Christopher Obey and Steven Kiwanuka Kunsa, the former Commissioner compensation department, will not deposit a certificate of title for their homes, but meet the other bail conditions like Lwamafa.

However, the trio cannot come out of prison because they still have another pension case before the Anti-corruption court Judge Magret Tibulya, who has never granted them bail, but are reporting back to her tomorrow july 13,for further hearing of their case in which they are jointly charged with City Lawyer Bob Kasango for embezzlement of 15 billion shillings meant for pensioners.

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